Minorities, women and underserved communities are strikingly underrepresented in cybersecurity careers, despite growing cyber threats and an acute talent crunch. Now a Springs nonprofit is on a mission to reach those groups, and fill the growing cybersecurity workforce deficit in southern Colorado. The nonprofit Cyber Institute is working with academic partners and industry to bring […]
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Cyberattacks on businesses surged 55 percent in the third quarter of 2018, according to the latest Malwarebytes report, as cybercriminals ditched attacks on individuals in favor of more data-rich victims. Businesses saw an 88 percent increase in ransomware attacks alone, in what the Malwarebytes Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques Report called “a continuing trend of […]
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The money has started to flow for Colorado’s sweeping cybersecurity plans, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 086 into law at the end of May. SB 086 “Cyber Coding Cryptology for State Records” is the bipartisan bill that funds the requirements of 2016’s House Bill 1453, which created the Governor’s Cybersecurity Council and the […]
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In September, the U.S. government banned all federal agencies from using products from Russian cybersecurity software giant Kaspersky Lab. “The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and […]
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The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is nearing the first milestone in its work toward the community’s first Regional Cybersecurity Strategic Plan. A survey of community assets is due to wrap up Jan. 26, and the study that will form the basis of the strategic plan is expected to be finalized in the second quarter […]
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It’s time to stop watching bitcoin and start understanding blockchain. True, the bitcoin rollercoaster is riveting: The cryptocurrency rocketed from $800 per bitcoin in January 2017 to an all-time high of $19,783 Dec. 17, only to plummet to $13,800 on Dec. 22, losing one-third of its value in 24 hours. But blockchain, the technology bitcoin […]
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Election security is front and center as the midterms approach, and the National Cybersecurity Center has announced it’s investigating how blockchain can help secure elections — and potentially make widespread mobile voting a reality. The NCC announced a partnership with Tusk Montgomery Philanthropies to work on “Proving Our Democracy,” a pioneering program evaluating new election […]
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The Olympic world stage is not only a proving ground for athletes, but for sophisticated malware, hacks and cyberattacks ready to become household names. While sport isn’t closely tied to cybersecurity in the popular imagination, international sporting events are highly attractive targets for cybercriminals chasing profit and malicious state actors looking to make a point, […]
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If blockchain is unhackable and cryptocurrencies are secure, how did cybercriminals steal 58 billion yen (U.S. $500 million) last month from Coincheck, one of Japan’s largest digital currency exchanges? That’s one of many questions National Cybersecurity Center interim CEO Vance Brown fielded at the NCC’s first blockchain training event, Jan. 30. And the answer was […]
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May 25 is GDPR deadline day — the day the European Union’s stringent new General Data Protection Regulation takes effect — and experts say most Colorado Springs companies aren’t ready. If you’re scrambling, you’re not alone. “Many U.S. and Colorado businesses, even large enterprises, aren’t ready because they don’t plan ahead,” Trevor Dierdorff, Amnet founder […]
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As a business, who should you trust? Which companies are you confident won’t lose your customers’ information to cybercriminals, or leave a virtual back door open for hackers? Mark Bristow, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Hunt & Incident Response Team with the Department of Homeland Security, says businesses make a critical […]
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Businesses are realizing they’re not too big or too small or too low-profile to be hit with a cyberattack, and they’re stepping up cybersecurity efforts. But with attacks coming from all directions and changing by the hour, where do you start? Colorado Springs cybersecurity experts weigh in on what you can tackle right now to […]
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